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An Estimated 10,000 Metric Tons Of Plastic Enter The Great Lakes Every Year: Study

Researchers of Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) have estimated that 10,000 metric tons of plastic are entering Great Lakes every year. It highlights the danger of plastic being consumed by wildlife and entering the larger food chain as debris travels differently in the Great Lakes unlike in oceans. Read full post on techtimes.com

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Policy like EPA’s Clean Power Plan would mean higher crop yields

Enlarge (credit: United Soybean Board ) After the Supreme Court ruling clarifying that the EPA had an obligation to regulate carbon dioxide emissions, the Environmental Protection Agency developed the Clean Power Plan to target greenhouse gases. That’s not the only pollutant that is reduced by cutting emissions and moving away from coal for power generation,…

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Researchers use radar to track 3.5 trillion insects migrating over England

Enlarge / It may not look special, but it’s a radar sensitive enough to track an insect in flight. (credit: Rothamsted Visual Communications Unit) Researchers in the UK have turned some highly specialized radar equipment to the skies to track a staggering volume of material—3.2 kilotons of it—as it transits the skies of southern England….

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States that enact medical marijuana laws see dips in fatal car crashes

Enlarge (credit: Getty | Thomas Trutschel ) Medical marijuana may save lives out on the road as well as in clinics, according to a new study. When examining 19 states that had medical marijuana laws on the books by 2014, researchers found that their average rate of traffic deaths fell 11 percent after the laws were…

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The Year in Aerospace and Science: Why gravitational waves wowed the world

A visualization shows gravitational waves produced by two orbiting black holes. (NASA Illustration / C. Henze) The biggest science story of 2016 was a century in the making, and will surely earn someone a Nobel Prize. The first detection of gravitational waves from the crash of two black holes is important not only for the…

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A no-drone zone for orcas? Killer whales would get 200-yard buffer under proposed law

OLYMPIA, Wash. — A bill  introduced in the Washington Legislature would ban unmanned aerial drones from venturing within 200 yards of an orca in the state’s waters. Rep. Kristine Lytton, D-Anacortes, has prefiled that bill in advance of the 2017 legislative session, which begins Jan. 9. Lytton’s bill adds aerial drones to the list of vessels…